Fresh Thyme signs on as presenting Farmers Market sponsor

With a few months to go before its grand opening, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has endeared itself even more to fans of the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market, by signing on as presenting sponsor.

Market master Walt Gajewski announced Monday that the specialty grocer has committed “a considerable sum of money” to the three-season venue.

“I think we have an unprecedented opportunity to really change the game in downtown Farmington with our new partnership going forward,” Gajewski said, adding it will create “opportunities that will be beneficial not only to the Farmers Market and Fresh Thyme, but to the whole community.”

In addition to participating as a vendor and with chef’s demonstrations and food samplings, Fresh Thyme will also “leverage the market” as they begin to staff the new store and connect with local growers, Gajewski said

When questions rose earlier this year about the impact Fresh Thyme would have on downtown parking, Michigan operations manager Bruce Van Overloop told city officials that Fresh Thyme supports keeping the market in its current location. The Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market will open for the season on May 14 at 9 a.m., in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park, on Grand River west of Grove Street.

Gajewski also said that the market has registered with a federal program that will provide senior citizens 60 and older, who meet income guidelines, with free fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, he said, plans are in the works for a loading zone that will help ease traffic and parking congestion on market Saturdays.

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